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Poster: Scrim Date: May 24, 2007 10:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: soundboards-schmoundboards

The decrease in quality is due to the fact that they were playing bigger venues and stadiums. Their sound system is a little different to fill the place up, and the acoustics of the larger places not as good. The tapers were too far back in many instances.

In the early 80's, they could still play the cozy places. The PA stacks were closer together, and not pushed as hard, and acoustics were better. Tapers could get closer to the source.

Crap in, crap out.

The audience recordings are really revealing of what the place actually sounded like. For instance, it's interesting to hear the sound waves phasing in and out due to wind or extreme heat waves in the large summer stadium shows.

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Poster: Scrim Date: May 24, 2007 10:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: soundboards-schmoundboards

Oh, and the '90 Rich stadium show had some real good clean sound. I was there. But the 1989 show sounded pretty crappy.